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Dillinger (1945)

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John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies.



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Complete credited cast:
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Marco Minelli (as Eduardo Cianelli)
Doc Madison
Kirk Otto
Ralph Lewis ...
Elsa Janssen ...
Mrs. Otto (as Else Jannsen)
Ludwig Stössel ...
Mr. Otto (as Ludwig Stossel)
Constance Worth ...
Nurse in Dentist's Office


The rise of John Dillinger from petty criminal (including, unforgiveably, holding up a cinema) via prison and bank robbery with his new convict associates to the accolade of Public Enemy Number One. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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A Cold Blooded Bandit and a Hot Blooded Blonde ... who stopped at Nothing! See more »


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Release Date:

2 March 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Dillinger, Killer  »

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Box Office


$193,000 (estimated)


$4,000,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Mickey Mouse cartoon that Dillinger watches at the Biograph Theater is a segment from Mickey's Gala Premier (1933). See more »


When Dillinger and Helen are walking to the movie theatre (about 1:06 into the film), the shadow of the boom mike can be seen on the brick wall above the children watching the man with the monkey. See more »


Helen Rogers: Who lives here?
John Dillinger: What do you care?
Helen Rogers: Well, I just like to know where I am.
John Dillinger: You're with me.
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References The Unknown Guest (1943) See more »


Il Bacio
Music by Luigi Arditi
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Tierney's the Man
4 November 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

There are tough guys and there are tough guys, but Brooklyn-born Lawrence Tierney was the real deal off and on screen. His casting in the 1945 Dillinger was fortuitous, as the film was the sleeper of the year, and made Tierney briefly an overnight star. He soon became Hollywood's bad boy, getting into scrapes with the law and in general raising hell, which doubtless explains his relatively brief starring career. In Dillinger he is excellent in the lead role, and while he does not much resemble the real Dillinger he is right for the movie. His face and especially eyes, tough and sad at the same time, make him perfect casting whatever his other deficiencies. There is some pretty outdoor photography in the film, which is at times rather arty, but successfully so. The acting is generally quite good, and the mood offbeat and foreboding, and quite different from the typical gangster picture from the thirties. It started a new trend in more realistic, psychological, less city-bound crime pictures with 'dangerous' leading characters, such as the Walsh-Cagney White Heat.

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